Books & Coffee #4 – A Little Book Update

It’s time for another bookish post today! Because, you know, I love books.

Today is about the books I’ve read this month (some of which you’ve already seen a few times), the book I’m currently reading, the books I’m planning to read in the near future, and 2 new purchases even though I believe I was on a bit of a book ban….
But what can I say, when you read book series it is so hard not to buy the next one and the next one and the next one. It’s a problem but I kinda love it.

Just finished:

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I’m pretty sure all of these have been featured on the blog a few times, but I thought I would still mention all of them, because these are the books I finished reading in the past month and a half.

Wild – Cheryl Strayed – I’ll keep in short with this one because I’ve already talked about it a few times. It’s a memoir from a 26 (I think) year old woman who, after getting divorced from her husband, decided to hike the Pacific Coast Trail. Throughout the book she looks back at her life before her divorce and  before losing her mother, and she talks about what she learns in the months that she spends on the trail. It is very out of my reading comfort zone, but I really enjoyed reading this book! It also made me want to go on a hike even though I don’t even like it that much.

The Obsidian Chamber – Preston & Child – I mentioned this one in my recent collective haul and some other posts. It’s the newest book in their Pendergrast series, and the second one I’ve read. It starts right after the previous one (which ended in a cliffhanger) and it finishes the story line from the last book. I enjoyed this just as much as the last book, and I am excited to see what the next book has in store for these characters.

Visions – Kelley Armstrong – I read the first book in the Cainsville book series 2 years ago I believe, so when I started this one I had a hard time getting into it because I had forgotten so much of the story already. However, when I was about a third of the way in it gripped me again, and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t put it down after that. This book reminded me why I loved the first book so much, and after I finished it I pretty much immediately wanted the next book in the series.
Basically it is an urban fantasy (I believe that’s the genre) book. It’s a 24 year old woman who finds out that her birth parents are convicted serial killers. Because the media won’t leave her alone she decided to leave Chicago for a while and ends up in a small town called Cainsville. Of course there are handsome men and there is a lot of mystery, and by the end of the second book we still don’t know what’s really going on. Which is why I can’t wait to read the third book. And the fourth one. And I’m pretty sure there’s a fifth one as well.

Take The Key And Lock Her Up – Ally Carter – The third and final book in Ally Carter Embassy Row series, about a 15 year old girl who lives in the U.S. embassy in the fictional country of Adria. Throughout the books she uncovers a mystery that brings her in grave danger.
I really like the Ally Carter books I’ve read so far, and although I liked this series too, it wasn’t my favourite. Something about the lead character annoyed me a bit. However, I still enjoyed reading this book and I did quite like the story line. Definitely a YA book, easy and quick to read.

Currently reading:

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The book I’m currently actively reading is another last book in a series. Again, it’s been a while since I read the previous books, but I actually don’t have a too hard time getting back into the story, which is great. I’m about a quarter of the way through now and I’m on the edge of my seat wanting to figure out what will happen.

The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater is, like I said, the fourth and last book in The Raven Cycle series. I think this can also be classified as urban fantasy, but this is a bit more young adult, whereas Cainsville is a bit more grown up. New adult, is that the genre? Anyways, it’s about 4 boys, one of which is obsessed with finding Glendower, also known as the Raven King. The boys all come from this expensive private school. They come in contact with Blue, a girl who’s mom is psychic, and she lives with a whole bunch of psychic women. The 5 of them start looking for Glendower.
I love this story line. It is so well thought out and there are so many mysterious things going on. Like I said, I can’t wait to find out how it all ends!

Soon to be read:

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The next two books are ones that I am planning on reading very very soon. Mainly because I borrowed them (one from my dad, one from a friend), but also because they both seem like good books and I am just excited to read them.

Bericht Uit Parijs – Guillaume Musso – Okay, so the first book is I believe a French one originally, but I borrowed it from my friend in Dutch (she also lend me The Raven King, thanks Anne!) after I had told her that I wanted to read more books in Dutch, because let me tell you, with all this English reading and writing and listening it kind of starts to mix with my Dutch and it’s kinda problematic when you can’t even remember certain words or how to correctly construct a sentence in you mother language..
Anyway, she gave me this book, original French name L’Appel De L’Ange, to read. It is about a man and a women who accidentally mix up their phones, so he ends up with her phone in San Francisco and she ends up with his in Paris. I read online that it goes from romantic comedy to thriller, which sounds very exciting. I am really interested to see how Dutch reading is for me, as I haven’t done it in a very long time.

The Wrong Side Of Goodbye – Michael Connelly – I borrowed this one from my dad, after giving it to him for his birthday (yes, partly because I really wanted to read it). He is also the one that got me hooked on Connelly’s books. This is the newest one in his Harry Bosch series, a homicide cop – now retired I believe –  in Los Angeles. This particular one is about Bosch helping an old billionaire with finding out what happened to a girlfriend he had when he was 18 that left him right after finding out she was pregnant. According to my dad it’s another really good Harry Bosh book, so I can’t wait to read it!

The newbies:

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Last but not least, two new books. They arrived yesterday, and I cannot wait to start reading them!! (I may or may not have already read a few chapters of one of them…)

Lair Of Dreams – Libba Bray – Another book series of which I read the first one years ago. I believe it took quite some time for the second one, this one, to come out, and after that I just never got it for some reason, until now..
From what I an remember of the last Diviners book it was about a girl who moved to New York to live with her uncle who runs or works in a museum. There is a serial killer on the loose and the girl kind of ends up investigating it a bit I believe. She also has some sort of strange ability to read peoples secrets. Another urban fantasy I’d say. The fun thing about these books though are that they are set in the 1920’s, so it already has a different vibe from the other books I’m reading.
This book though, aside from Evie (that’s her name) figuring out her power type thing a bit more I think, is about a strange force that kills people in their dreams.
Did I get all that from the back of the book? Yes, but that’s only because I haven’t started reading the book yet, obviously. I am really excited to start soon though. I remember from the first book that I had kind of a hard time getting into the story at first, but that I was hooked after a while and couldn’t put it down. We’ll see how I’ll do with the second book..

Deceptions – Kelley Armstrong – Remember how I told you that I couldn’t wait to start reading the third Cainsville book? Well, I don’t have to because I bought it! And I’ve already read a bit too. This one obviously continues where the last one left off, like the next day. And from the short bit that I’ve already read, and from what the description on the back tells me, it’s gonna be another good one…!!

Look at me keeping it short and sweet on that last book! Mainly because I already told you about the series earlier in this post, but still.. Proud of me!

Anyways, that was a nice long bookish post. I’ll obviously update you on how I get on with all these books. Also, if you want to know what books I’ll bring on my trip to Denmark (if you can’t already guess) come back on Tuesday, because a What I Pack will be going up that afternoon 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

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